1. [syn: singlestick, fencing stick, backsword]
2. a sword with only one cutting edge;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Backsword \Back"sword`\, n. [2d back, n. + sword.]
1. A sword with one sharp edge.
2. In England, a stick with a basket handle, used in rustic
amusements; also, the game in which the stick is used.
Also called singlestick. --Halliwell.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a stick used instead of a sword for fencing [syn:
singlestick, fencing stick, backsword]
2: a sword with only one cutting edge